The Center usually employs two graduate students (one doctoral candidate, one Masters) each year at 50 percent appointments. Employment includes salary plus tuition remission. A Center project assistantship offers the opportunity to meet visiting scholars and attend Center events, and to work with technologies that will strengthen our web presence.
The Call for a C21 Project Assistant is CLOSED. For more information about the assistanship, please consult this old Call for C21 Project Assistant. Deadline to submit applications is typically in March.
The Center for 21st Century Studies seeks to promote graduate student involvement with its activities, to promote faculty-student interaction, and to help graduate students in their careers through its Curricular Initiative. With the help of department liaisons, we seek to identify graduate students interested in meeting Center visitors for a formal conversation/interview in the context of the visit. Student will then use their notes, combine these with other materials (e.g., their familiarity with the speaker's work), and write a short paper that the Center may, at its discretion, publish on its website. The paper, which may also be submitted for credit in a university course, could focus on the speaker's entire body of work, highlight the project the speaker presented at the Center, or be essentially an annotated write-up of the student's conversation with the speaker.
The Center encourages department liaisons and graduate students to consult the Center's calendar of events and let us know if a student would like to meet with a Center speaker. For further information, contact deputy director Emily Clark.
The Center is co-sponsor of the annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, a forum that gives graduate students valuable experience in presenting their work publicly and in mastering the give and take of academic question and answer sessions. Further information about the conference can be found on its website.
The Center coordinates a Graduate Student Reading Group that provides graduate students with a venue to explore and discuss new scholarship, different interpretative frameworks, and various underpinnings of analysis. Groups are usually formed around certain areas of study, such as Queer Studies, Feminist Theory, Science and Society. Graduate students interested in forming a Center-sponsored reading group should contact deputy director Emily Clark.